Summer Speech Camp

June 10, 2022 Charis Ochu

From June 13-16 and June 20-23, the Hardin-Simmons University Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) Department will host its yearly speech camp for area children at its Speech-Language Therapy Clinic. This year, 60 children will attend. Participants in the camp are enrolled in speech therapy services through Abilene ISD or Wylie ISD and range from 4 to 8 years old. 

Participants will engage in eight speech and language enrichment sessions throughout the camp. Each session is 90 minutes and conducted in a small group setting led by HSU CSD students while supervised by an experienced speech-language pathologist. Each day’s lessons will be strategically interwoven with language, sensory, music, and movement activities. Furthermore, participants will be exposed to multi-step activities, such as making a craft or simple cooking tasks.  

Day-to-day language activities will include interactive book reading, answering “why” questions, and sequencing the story following its presentation. Social skills, such as making good eye contact, taking turns, and interacting with peers, are addressed during each lesson. 

Students needing additional speech or language assistance during the regular school year are invited to participate in the free Speech-Language Therapy Clinic offered on the HSU campus by the Master of Speech-Language Pathology students. More information on these free services can be obtained by calling 325-670-1157.